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New combat rescue helicopter HH-60W to perform personnel recovery mission

Posted December 1, 2014 by Daryl Mayer

The Air Force has officially designated the new combat rescue helicopter as the HH-60W. The need to acquire a new personnel recovery capability resulted in the June 2014 contract award to Sikorsky for eventual production and fielding of up to 112 aircraft with a potential value of approximately $7.9 billion. “The formal designation of HH-60W…

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Boeing to continue providing ICBM guidance systems to U.S. Air Force

Posted December 1, 2014 by

Boeing will continue to repair and supply the guidance systems of the Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile to the U.S. Air Force through September 2015, keeping the weapon system adequately stocked with spare missile guidance sets and on constant alert. Under a $46.8 million contract, Boeing will serve as sole provider of maintenance and sustainment…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne celebrates 100th high performance apogee thruster flight

Posted December 1, 2014 by

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, has reported the completion of its 100th geosynchronous satellite apogee insertion using its iridium/rhenium High Performance Apogee Thruster (HiPAT, including first and second generation design configurations. The successful insertion was achieved with a large geosynchronous telecommunications satellite, built by commercial satellite manufacturer, SSL, which was recently launched. The milestone will…

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News Briefs November 24, 2014

Posted November 24, 2014 by

Fog forces five U.S. choppers to land in Polish field Officials say that that fog forced five U.S. Army helicopters to make an emergency landing in a Polish field and spend the night there, the second such incident since September. The U.S. Army said 15 soldiers were moving equipment to their base in Germany Nov….

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Navy’s first F-35C squadron surpasses 1,000 flight hours

Posted November 24, 2014 by

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. An F-35C Lightning II aircraft piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, flies the squadron’s first local sortie. The F-35C is the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. VFA 101, based at Eglin Air Force Base, serves as the F-35C Fleet…

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Boeing South Carolina begins final assembly of its first 787-9 Dreamliner

Posted November 24, 2014 by

Boeing has started final assembly of the 787-9 Dreamliner at its South Carolina facility. The team began joining large fuselage sections of the newest 787 Nov. 22 on schedule, a proud milestone for the South Carolina team and another sign of stability for the program. The North Charleston, S.C., site joins Boeing’s Everett, Wash., final…

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Salina, Kansas, recalls anniversary of shuttered base

Posted November 24, 2014 by

It has been 50 years this month since the announcement that Schilling Air Force Base was closing rattled Salina residents. The Salina Journal, which carried news of the closure in its Nov. 19, 1964, editions, reported that the economic disaster then spared no part of the community – real estate, retail, civic involvement, church attendance,…

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President announces Hagel’s resignation as defense secretary

Posted November 24, 2014 by TSgt. Jake Richmond

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the White House Nov. 24. The president announced that Hagel would resign his position as defense secretary. Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s class and integrity, President Barack Obama announced Nov. 24 at the White House that Hagel will leave his post. The president said…

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XCOR Aerospace announces latest milestone in ULA program

Posted November 24, 2014 by

XCOR Aerospace photograph by Mike Massee The XCOR-ULA XR-5H25 LOX-Hydrogen Rocket Engine, fed by XCOR’s proprietary rocket propellant piston pump technology. MOJAVE, Calif. XCOR Aerospace announced Nov. 20 it has completed the latest test series for the liquid hydrogen engine it is developing for United Launch Alliance. This is an important milestone in the long-running…

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Northrop Grumman, Air Force complete integrated baseline review

Posted November 24, 2014 by

Northrop Grumman has successfully conducted the integrated baseline review of the production, deployment and initial sustainment phase for the Enhanced Polar System Control and Planning Segment. The U.S. Air Force’s EPS provides space-enabled, secure communications capabilities to polar users in support of national objectives. EPS CAPS receives telemetry and supplies configuration commands, mission and cryptographic…

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